It is becoming more and more difficult to escape the influence of the media on our lives.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of living in a media-rich society.
Today people are surrounded by media in an unprecedented scale. The media plays a major role in shaping our opinions and decisions. Despite all the benefits the media can offer, I doubt that living in a media-rich society brings nothing but the good.
Undeniably, the media presents information that we often need. We can learn about the ‘breaking news’ in just seconds from the scene, sometimes the event is even presented in real time. Knowing what is going on around you can help you calculate, estimate, project your actions. Information is abundant, thus assists you in making informed decisions. The business people cleverly use the media to promote their products. The entertainment industry definitely uses the media to generate more money. And the politicians are by far among the craftiest people who know exactly what the media can do to their own advantage.
However, this flood of information provided by the media can make it hard for us to really look for valuable one. Most of them are just ‘noise’. If you filter it, you get the so-called information. If you squeeze it a bit stronger, then you get ‘knowledge.’ But hardly any wisdom, any solution. Information could be false and twisted. Lies are spread, and people get hurt. Even if you get the real news, they are usually tragic, heartbreaking, ironic, or discouraging. We are bombarded with bad news every day. And we are overwhelmed.
I personally appreciate the use of the media to make many aspects of our life easier, but when it comes to ‘rubbish’ information, I just turn a deaf ear. Or I just shrug my shoulders and sip my cappuccino. I could probably live without the media.